Nice to meet you!

I am Lucas Miller and I have been literally “singing the praises” of nature for over 30 years. I aim to inspire people to respect and care for wildlife through creativity, humor, optimism, and energy. I use music, storytelling, video, puppets, and whatever else makes it as fun and memorable as possible.

I became fascinated with frogs and toads as a child growing up in Lexington, Kentucky, and I went on to graduate with a degree in zoology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1991

Music was always a huge part of who I am too. I started on saxophone and picked up guitar and songwriting in high school. I led a few bands that did pretty well but never made it “big time.”

Soon after college, I got a job aboard an 80-foot sailboat that took kids on field trips to teach them about marine ecology. Every cruise featured some time where I’d play some sea shanties and songs about nature. I was hooked! Putting science together with music was the combo that allowed me to go “big time.” 

I moved to Austin, Texas, in 1993 and was the first education director at what is now called the Austin Zoo, and back then was Good Day Ranch. I further honed my skills there and, in 1994, I started my own business doing on-site presentations for schools, festivals, libraries, and anyone that’d have me.  

Since then, millions of kids have seen my live performances and untold more have enjoyed my music, videos, and books. I love what I do and am so grateful to have made a career creating, inspiring, learning, and teaching. If you love nature, we’re going to be friends. 

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Here are some things I'm proud of:

Having done this for a few decades now, I regularly hear from grown-ups who saw me when they were a kid. They write to share their fond memories and tell me how my music and stories became a part of their childhood; maybe it even inspired them to pursue a job in science. NOTHING could make me more pleased and proud! I mean that. 

Here are some other career highlights and awards that are pretty special too: 

  • I have been on the Texas Commission on the Arts’ Roster of Touring Artists since 2000. In 2008, I was selected as a National Endowment for the Arts “American Masterpiece Artist.”
  • My DVD “Animals Rock with Lucas Miller Vol. 1″ earned an Editor’s Choice choice recommendation for 2009I won Parents’ Choice awards for my DVD and every CD I have ever released
  • My song “Living in Symbiosis,” won first place in category in the 2006 Great American Song Contest
  •  “Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting” in the 2005 Great American Song Contest for the song “Metamorphosis”
  • Honorable mention in the Mountain Stage Newsong Contest for “Metamorphosis”
  • Honorable Mention for “Slimy” in the Unisong Songwriting Contest.
  •  “Best New Artist for Older Children” in the 2001 Children’s Music Web Awards!!
  • Big-time gigs
    • Cairo, Egypt’s Hakawy Children’s Festival
    • The National Zoo, Washington, D.C.
    • Austin City Limits Music Festival
    • Waco Arts Fest
    • Dallas Arboretum Bugtopia
    • Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX
    • Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, TX
    • Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
    • Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
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